Michael Flynn on Friday became the first member of President Donald Trump’s administration to be charged and plead guilty in relation to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Flynn reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador in December 2016 during Trump’s presidential transition.
Flynn appeared in federal court Friday in Washington D.C. to plead guilty, and it’s the latest indication that Flynn is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times reported that his plea agreement suggests that he gave valuable information to prosecutors, which could help move the probe forward.
Flynn was in court for about 30 minutes and re-emerged to swarms of people and media members. He nor his representatives answered any questions outside the courthouse, but he released an official statement following the hearing.
In the statement, Flynn said he recognized that the actions he admitted in court “were wrong,” adding that he was “working to set things right.”
“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and our country,” Flynn said. “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Read the full statement below: